Thursday, September 1, 2011

Home School Year

It's September! That means the start of a new school year for us. Last year for us was more informal because our oldest was only in preschool. As a former preschool teacher myself, I created a curriculum for our daughter, and we'd get it out and do some work whenever she decided that's what she wanted to do. By early January, she was asking every single day- Good, and yet stressful for us as a family with a new baby and a two-year-old who had just begun our journey with Early Intervention and Occupational Therapy to meet his super-sensory needs. In February, we decided on a curriculum for the coming school year and purchased the whole kit and caboodle with a piece of our tax return. Our girl was giddy beyond words when the big brown truck delivered her full Abeka K-5 package, and she has flipped through the pages of at least one of the books daily since then.
In addition to our big girl's kindergarten, our almost-3-year-old boy has expressed A LOT of interest in doing school work with his big sister, so we're starting him on the same preschool curriculum Miss A used last year. Just as we did part-time whenever-the-mood-struck preschool work with her, Mister G likely won't be full time, especially since he has an occupational therapist in our home doing 'work' for his sensory processing and regulation needs two to three times a week, but he is SO excited to get started- Turning three and starting "pweeeeschool" are his favorite topics of conversation.
In July, we sent the school district our letter of intent to home school making it official: We're a home schooling family! A lot of things affected our decision to do so, but we're pleased with the decision we've made as a family, and excited to start on this journey "officially." In order to make this big transition for our family I am taking the month of September off from KumfyKozies™ and focusing solely on learning how home schooling will work for OUR family.
"Xucua" longies on the needles for Miss R's winter stash.
You cannot keep me from my sewing table and knitting needles for long, though. Any creative time I have will be spent getting our own littles' wardrobes ready for the winter- I see dresses, skirts, sweaters and longies a-plenty in my month ahead. I plan to keep blogging, though. I have seen SO many parents complaining in this back-to-school season about the scandalous clothing available for little girls, and lack of modesty overall. I plan to show just how easily and affordably a stylish AND modest wardrobe can be made for MY little girls, ages 11 months and 4 years.

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